Letter | Would the UK’s David Cameron take his own advice for Hong Kong?


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British Foreign Secretary David Cameron has given his tuppence worth of advice on Article 23 legislation. “I strongly urge the Hong Kong SAR government to reconsider their proposals and engage in genuine and meaningful consultation with the people of Hong Kong,” he said. Could he clarify what genuine and meaningful consultation took place before he was appointed foreign secretary? Or, for that matter, before the election of Rishi Sunak as Conservative Party leader and thus prime minister? Were the people of Britain consulted in either case? The answer is no.

Mark Peaker, The Peak

A tale of two kinds of young radicals

I am responding to the report, “Court upholds citizenship revocation of ‘Isis bride’ despite trafficking claims” (February 24).

Shamima Begum left the United Kingdom for Syria in 2015 at the mere age of 15 to support Islamic State with two other girls, one of whom is thought to have been killed during conflict.

It can be surmised that when the youngsters left for Syria, they were hot-blooded and passionate about winning the war against the West. They would probably have refused to take heed of all appeals for them to think twice and head back to the UK immediately – much like our young radicals in Hong Kong, who also ignored appeals for them to stop committing illegal acts and come to their senses a few years ago.

Begum is now in a camp in Syria, after the defeat of Isis. She had three children, all of whom died. She is now living in desperate circumstances and unsuccessfully begging to return to the UK. Her political ideals and beliefs seem to have diminished, though I don’t know whether she is speaking from the bottom of her heart, or due to her present abject misery.

Anyway, I am bewildered by how on the one hand, the UK government is offering a path of citizenship to Hong Kong British National (Overseas) passport holders, apparently including those hot-headed havoc-wreaking radicals, but on the other hand, it is trying very hard to prevent a young woman, who was born in the UK, from returning home. When young radicals were hurting Hong Kong, they were praised as defenders of democracy. But when young women like Begum hurt the interests of the UK, they are branded as national security risks.

It’s Western hypocrisy as usual.

Ringo Yee, Tuen Mun



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